History of the AR-15 rifle [VIDEO]
At least there is one Main Stream Media outlet that is, kind of getting right when it comes to firearms.
Sadly, they are still using the label “assault rifle”, (which angers me greatly) but all in all they got MOST of this correct. Here is what FOX News missed.
The AR in “AR–15” rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950’s. “AR” does NOT stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.” AR–15-style rifles are NOT “assault weapons” or “assault rifles.”
The ArmaLite AR-15 is a select-fire, 5.56×45mm, air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed rifle, with a rotating bolt and straight-line recoil design. It was designed by Eugene Stoner, Jim Sullivan and Bob Fremont and it is based on the Armalite AR-10 rifle. The AR-15 was designed above all else to be a lightweight assault rifle, and to fire a new lightweight, high-velocity small caliber cartridge to allow the infantrymen to carry more ammunition.
In 1959, ArmaLite sold its rights to the AR-10 and AR-15 to Colt due to financial difficulties. Colt continued to produce the rifle and branded it Colt ArmaLite AR-15. Colt marketed the AR-15 to various military services around the world.
After modifications (most notably, the charging handle was re-located from under the carrying handle like AR-10 to the rear of the receiver), the new redesigned rifle was subsequently adopted by the United States military as the M-16 Rifle, which went into production in March 1964. Colt continued to use the AR-15 trademark for its line of semi-automatic rifles marketed to civilian and law-enforcement customers, known as Colt AR-15. The Armalite AR-15 is the parent of a variety of AR-15 variants.
The Colt AR-15 was introduced in 1963. It is the semi-automatic version of the United States military M-16 rifle. The first mass production version was the Colt AR-15 Sporter, in .223 Remington, with a 20-inch barrel and issued with 5-round magazines. Over the decades, Colt has made many different types of AR-15 rifle and carbine models, including the AR-15, AR-15 A2, AR-15 A3, AR-15 A4, and many other models.
Another place that Fox news got it wrong, in my opinion, is by using a picture of an AR with a 40 mm grenade launcher attached at the end of the video. To the laymen, it implies that civilians can get their hands on grenade launchers all willy nilly , and this is simply not the case.
At least the video implies the legality of owning a rifle from the AR platform, and does not outright demonize the firearm like the leftist media does on a daily basis.
I’m sure there are some other valid points and historical blurbs that keyboard quarterbacks are going to throw out there, and that is fine. Freedom of Speech and all that.